Motorcyclists Must Drive More Defensively Than Ever

Despite ongoing programs to educate the public on road safety, fatalities continue to rise at historical rates—and not only for car crashes. Wrecks involving pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists are at all-time highs too, and especially in Florida. No one wants to think that the state they live in or love to visit is known for having unsafe roads, and especially as we are busy driving our families around—as well as watching our older children studying for their drivers’ licenses and look forward to getting behind the wheel or buying a motorcycle.

Motorcyclists are able to make the most of their transportation, often enjoying better economics whether in the original purchase, maintenance, or better gas mileage. Most of us are aware that they tend to look a lot cooler than the average driver too, with the leather, boots, and sunglasses all on full display; it’s easy to understand the temptation to take off on two wheels and leave the ‘cage’ behind in lieu of fresh air and so much camaraderie with others enjoying the same mode of travel.

Safety has always been the major downside of motorcycling though. And while you may be in complete control while traveling on quiet roads, the main dangers are when other motorists get involved. Today, the biggest enemy to motorcyclists is distracted drivers. We all know exactly what this problem looks like too—the motorist who is driving erratically, head down as they check out texts—or even worse, have the phone front and center as they read and type away. Answering the phone, talking, and listening to voicemails are other major distractions, as well as all the other electronics in the car that can be tempting. Along with this are other issues such as brushing hair and applying makeup while driving, eating, drinking, and giving undue attention to passengers.

Factor in all the other reasons for motorcycle crashes: speeding, drinking and driving, aggressive driving or road rage, lack of visibility, lane splitting, and challenging weather or road conditions.  While certain precautions should be taken such as wearing bright clothing when possible, having a bike that is painted in a bright color, along with revving the engine when at a stop, the bottom line is that motorcyclists must practice non-stop diligence when riding—whether on the open highway (avoiding motorists’ blind spots) or at intersections (watching out for those left turns!).

Whether you are driving a car or riding on a motorcycle, injuries from a crash can be extremely serious, or even fatal. All motorcyclists should be well-educated on technique, as well as the details of their specific bikes. Protective gear and helmets should always be worn too, helping to prevent injuries as well as road rash.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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